Maids of Gravity

Maids of Gravity

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Maids of Gravity pile layer upon layer of guitar fuzz on their self-titled debut album; unfortunately, their sonic landscapes are rendered moot by the absence of hooks. Drawing upon '60s psychedelic rock and the feedback-drenched big riffs of Dinosaur Jr. and the Smashing Pumpkins, the Maids of Gravity are lost in space: Songs like "Introverted Skies" and "Alright" blast off into the Milky Way. However, since most of the songs aren't memorable or catchy, the otherworldly guitar jamming feels gratuitous and empty. Moreover, singer Ed Ruscha has a bland, flat voice that expresses little emotion or sense of wonder. "Your Ground" might snare some Smashing Pumpkins fans, but other than the swirling "Only Dreaming," the Maids of Gravity are grounded by their dullness.

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